Eskom to cancel R14bn contract after probe findings

The process of canceling the contract began earlier this month, following completion of the report.
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Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. plans to cancel a contract to buy as much as R14 billion ($834 million) of fuel oil from Econ Oil & Energy Ltd., after a probe it commissioned found Econ’s fees had been inflated, a person familiar with the situation said.

Nothemba Mlonzi, a director at Econ Oil, declined to comment because she said the matter is a legal dispute, without elaborating whether any legal proceeding has been filed. The company is a Black women-owned business that supplies fuel oil to clients in a number of industries, according to its website.

The process of canceling the contract began earlier this month, following completion of the report.

The probe was conducted by Wim Trengove, one of South Africa’s best-known lawyers, after Eskom’s management initially asked the board for permission to cancel the contract in January, the person said, asking not to be identified as a public statement hasn’t been made. Sifiso Dabengwa, an Eskom director at the time, asked for the probe, the person said.

Dabengwa has since resigned from Eskom. In his resignation letter, verified by Bloomberg, he disagreed with the findings of the probe and said they didn’t prove there had been “fraud and corruption,” but only that there had been allegations of the crimes.

Dabengwa declined to comment when called by Bloomberg. Eskom and Trengove didn’t respond to requests for comment.

The expected move to cancel the five-year contract and seek supplies directly from oil refineries comes as Eskom Chief Executive Officer Andre de Ruyter seeks to cut expenses. The state-owned utility is struggling to meet the cost of maintaining its power plants and servicing a R480 billion debt burden.

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shameless BEE looting of tax money by all involved including the chief looter corrupt ANC. Never questioned by any ANC cadres with snoots at the taxpayers trough. Disgusting. SA is destroyed

Well done Andre. Let’s hear more about cancelled contracts.

“It supplied 18% of Eskom’s fuel oil needs between 2003 and 2006; 60% from 2006 to 2009 and in 2013, Econ Oil & Energy secured a five-year, R5.29 billion contract from the power utility.”

But it would seem that Mrs Mlonzi has done very well out of BBEE over the years.

Disgraceful, she actually thinks she is a business woman. Probably spent 3 years in prep by greasing all the required palms. What value does her concern add which the other major players in the oil industry does not (except for a 300% mark-up).

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